Welcome to the extended Spring update from Step Change in Safety.

The first four months of 2023 have been a time of engagement, inspiration and most importantly, action in the industry.

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We announced the launch of our Process Safety Leadership Survey, in partnership with Empirisys, in March. The insights from the survey will provide an opportunity for our members to assess and share how Process Safety Leadership is embedded within their organisation. The report findings will showcase the industry's state of play and allow for best practices to be shared. There is further information on how you can be involved in our update below.

As we sit in Q2 of 2023, our safety theme focuses on ‘Prevention of Personal Injury’ aligned with our Norwegian and Australian counterparts, Always Safe and Safer Together. Understanding hazards at site, the harm they cause can cause us, and how we can control them can prevent injuries to ourselves and our colleagues. Find out more about Q2 and all member resources available to you below.

Step Change in Safety will always champion and promote awareness of mental health amongst the energy industry workforce, both onshore and offshore. As we move closer to Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May) we want to make a special mention to the IADC North Sea chapter, in particular their chair Darren Sutherland, for raising the profile of Mental Health through their recent event and we look forward to working with them on this important topic. We are very aware that the increasing mental health challenges our workforce and industry faces, and the impact this can have with regard to safety and the well-being of our workforce. You can find out more about the IADC North Sea’s efforts in this regard and the work being done in this Spring update.

Our Face2Face ESR event took place in April, and we were overwhelmed by the response, both in attendance and feedback. Congratulations to Carolyn Smith, our Health & Safety Programme Delivery Manager, who delivered this successful event as her last piece of work for Step Change in Safety. The support team and I bid a fond farewell to Carolyn following her 2 years with us, what a great way to finish Carolyn, well done and good luck in the next stage of your HSE career journey.

Finally, please continue to #PlayYourPart by sharing knowledge, utilising our resources and continuing to have conversations within your networks, but most importantly putting those into action. Together we can make a difference.


Steve Rae, Executive Director



Q2 - Prevention of Personal Injury

In line with our new collaborative quarterly themes with our friends at Safer Together Australia & Always Safe Norway, April – June sees a 2023 Q2 focus on ‘Prevention of Personal Injuries’.

Resources included in this section will help you:

🔺 Enhance awareness of personal hazards and the potential for personal injuries

🔺 Reinforce the hierarchy of control in reducing personal risk

🔺 Understand how your decisions affect the risk of personal injuries

Featured resources available to members this quarter include:

🔺 Prevention of Personal Injuries resource pack

🔺 Video content on Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Guidance – Face Fit Testing

🔺 An introduction to hazard awareness & dynamic risk assessment

Find out more about Q2 and all member resources available to you here: http://ow.ly/SSFN50NywJ5



Process Safety Leadership Survey Launch

Executive Director Steve Rae unveiled a new partnership with Empirisys to conduct our first-ever offshore energies Process Safety Leadership survey which is now live.

Thank you to OEUK for giving us the platform to share the news at the HSE Conference 2023.

We have worked closely with the Empirysis team to develop a survey that will allow our member organisations to gauge where they are on their Process Safety Leadership journey, with the aim to drive future initiatives.

Three reasons to get involved in the Step Change in Safety Process Safety Leadership survey:

1. Support the HSE’s Process Safety Leadership inspection programme

2. Benchmark your organisation against the rest of the industry

3. Receive a deeper insight of how process safety is managed in your organisation that can lead to shared learning across the industry

For information about taking part in the survey email info@stepchangeinsafety.net



Face2Face ESR Event

After several years of online meetings, we were delighted to catch up with Elected Safety Reps in person at city centre venue Union Kirk. With guest speakers, engaging safety exercises, and networking & refreshments, a great day was had by all on what was also World Safety Day.

The agenda for the day included:

🔺 Keynote Speaker - David Jamieson of Salus Technical

🔺 ESR testimony & case study

🔺 HSE - The importance of the safety rep function throughout Covid and into the new normal

🔺Workforce Engagement Support Team (WEST) interactive activities

🔺OIM - Use of SRE guidance

🔺Quiz, food & drinks

This event was free to attend and open to all member company safety reps, safety professionals and anyone with a passion for safety.

Thank you to all our speakers and to everyone who supported and attended. We look forward to the next one!


Super Puma Memorial

Step Change in Safety paid its respects on the 1st of April at the memorial which marked the anniversary of the 2009 Super Puma crash in the North Sea which saw 16 men lose their lives.

Steve Rae, executive director of Step Change in Safety, said, “Despite the passing of 14 years, it’s important we take time out to remember, pay tribute, and continue to reinforce the lessons from this tragedy. We must also take time to think of the families, friends, and colleagues of the 14 offshore workers and two pilots who died.

The 1st of April remains a timely reminder to everyone in the energy industry that complacency around any safety issue should never be permitted to creep in; we must all remain vigilant. At Step Change in Safety, we remain committed to working with the energy industry to continually improve workforce safety and ensure everyone returns home safe."



Tea Shack News Issue 2

Our next issue of Tea Shack News is available to read now: https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/teashack-news/

Articles in this issue include informative reads on:

🔺 Triggered Lightening by Bristow Group

🔺 E-OBS/Workforce Engagement Champions with Wood

🔺 Green Hats - An OIM'S Perspective

🔺 Medication and Work Offshore by International SOS

We were delighted to see the worldwide appetite and response to Tea Shack News Issue 1. Our insights showed that readers stretched from America to Australia!

This publication is championed by the Step Change in Safety Workforce Engagement Support Team (WEST), whose purpose is to support the workforce through proactive engagement to improve safety for the oil and gas industry.

Let us know what you think of Issue 2 and if you are interested in submitting content for our next issue, please contact editor@teashack.news



IADC Mental Health Charter

IADC North Sea Chapter Chairman, Darren Sutherland, made an extremely powerful request of industry leaders at the recent Mental Health event when he stated that we need to "create a moment”, going on to say that “change needs to happen now."

We applaud Darren and the Chapter for championing the need for an urgent, industry-wide approach to mental health in the North Sea. We are eager to assist the IADC and wider industry in their efforts to introduce significant change in our collective approach to mental health. We see this as a much-needed change and an ideal fit for our own Q4 annual theme, which focuses on 'Wellbeing & Work Environment' which is aligned with our global partners Always Safe & Safer Together.

The April panel session and workshop at the Chester Hotel, in conjunction with Energy Voice, showed a clear indication that the industry is ready for change.

As ever, Step Change in Safety stands ready to play its part.

Find out more and download the IADC white paper here: https://lnkd.in/e_XCuTSm



Positively Influencing Safety Event & Offshore Safety Awards 2023

Join us on the week of the 35th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster as we come together as an industry to engage, inspire and most importantly act.

Hear from the Step Change in Safety team as we share the results from our industry Process Safety Leadership Survey, followed by a panel session to discuss and reinforce the importance of learning from adversity.

During the event, we will also host this year's Offshore Safety Awards (OSA), jointly organised with OEUK, where you will have the opportunity to engage with our OSA category finalists prior to voting for this year’s safety champions.

Award nominations will close at midday on Friday 12th May 2023. To find out more and submit your nomination, visit https://oeuk.org.uk/event/offshore-safety-awards/


During our packed full-day event, hear from inspirational keynote speaker for the day Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, a British firefighter, psychologist and writer. Sabrina is the Chief Fire Officer of the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, in 2019 she was selected as one of Marie Claire's Future Shapers.

Confirmed panel session speakers include:

Fuzzy Bitar, bp - global learning & leadership, an industry viewpoint

Gus Carrol, Empirisys COMAH, PSL - culture data, an SME viewpoint

Lunch is provided and there will be the opportunity for post-event networking and drinks to end the day.

To book your FREE ticket for the summer event visit https://bit.ly/44ztGJW

We look forward to welcoming you!



MAH Understanding Virtual Quiz

Thank you to everyone who participated in our MAH Understanding Virtual Quiz on the last day of March.

Gillian Simpson of Step Change in Safety, Gillian Ewan of DNV and Gillian Taylor of Stork (aka The Three Gillians!) hosted our annual evening of charitable fun, which saw teams joining us online from both offshore and onshore.

Congratulations to our winning teams and their chosen charities:

🥇1st – Team Just a SECE (LR - Lloyd's Register) donation to Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) (£750)

🥈2nd - Team Beryl Alpha (Apache Corporation) donation to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (£500)

🥉3rd - Team Golden Eagle (CNOOC International) donation to Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) (£250)

As always, thanks to Roy Stewart and Andrew Dunn at Stream Television for their technical expertise and fantastic filming, enabling us to connect with all our teams.

See you next year!